As prices rise up in the world every day, many struggle to afford the essential necessities, especially food and housing. Many people live from paycheck to paycheck, and some work close to 16 hours every day. They have a hard time feeding themselves as well as their families, and if they are receiving benefits from the government, they still struggle to live like the average middle-class citizen.
Interestingly enough, I experienced something very similar to what I was discussing in the above paragraph just before the summer break at a local public high-school. I asked some of the kids what their plans were for the upcoming summer (2013), and almost half of the students in the class happily told me that they were coming back to school again between the months of June-August. Initially I thought that they were coming back for summer school, but in fact they were coming back to school not for the education, but rather for the school activities and free lunch. At this point I was shocked, and I remembered my teenage years when I went to summer camp: when I played sports all day, and made new friends every day. Apparently, this is not the case for these kids, because their parents are working, and as a result can’t take them to camp at all. I feel sorry for these kids that they do not have the opportunity to leave the school and enjoy camp. I personally loved camp as a kid and feel sorry for these kids.
What Can We Do?
Nevertheless, if the case is that teenagers are going to ‘school camp’ during the summer, then maybe we can reach out for the kids and try to extend the activities to not only play basketball in the gym everyday, but also give them the opportunity to experience summer camp as much as possible.
Please spread the word!
Every kid should be able to go to summer camp!